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Re: My POV
Posted by Jim Austin on March 21, 2007 at 17:21:40:
Hi John. I appreciate your point of view, but for what it's worth, I'm not too worried about getting myself in trouble, whatever you might mean by that (Do you mean with JA? I doubt that's a concern; anyway, I'm not concerned).
For what it's worth, I've thought a great deal about blind tests, and I've probably read (and retained) everything JA ever wrote on the subject, and much else. Yet I also know how to think for myself. Your idea that "it's the test itself that throws things off" is, if the subjectivist equivalent of the objectivist insistence on pure, perfect methodology--that is to say, whether it's intentional or not, it's a way of creating a divide that can't be crossed. And I think crossing it isn't only possible; it's the right thing to do.
John, there's absolutely nothing about a proper test--the CONCEPT of a test--that causes fundamental problems. Yes, tests stress people out and makes them perform worse (believe me; I've experienced that). But that can be overcome. Let's face it John; either you hear it or you don't, and if you really do hear it, reliably and consistently, you can learn to hear it under stress. I'm not talking about deciding which is better, or making judgments about audio quality. I'm only talking about learning from practice that something--one thing, anything, on the track of your choice using your choice of equipment--has changed. If you CAN'T pass a test like that, then just how important could these differences possibly be?
If JA has a problem with this opinion--which I seriously doubt--I'm sure he'll let me know.